PLEASE NOTE - CRITICALLY IMPORTANT:
1 - The major scholarship application deadline for the University of Calgary is typically in mid-January, for students entering the following September. Your ability to obtain funding can often be the deciding factor in whether I have enough room in my budgets to support your graduate training, so it is important to start the conversation early (before the winter holiday break, ideally). See http://www.grad.ucalgary.ca/awards/award-opportunities, and for non-Canadian applicants also http://www.grad.ucalgary.ca/awards/international_students
2 - I am spending a year on sabbatical as a Visiting Researcher at the University of Oxford from July 2018 through June 2019. I will therefore not be taking any new students for Fall 2018, however I will consider applicants for 2019 (but see note above RE funding).
As part of a trans-disciplinary research team, my trainees must be mentally agile and able to acquire new technical skills on the fly, unconstrained by stereotypical categories (such as "I am a biologist" or "I am an engineer"). Communication skills are also essential - it is not possible for one person to know everything, so while my trainees work independantly much of the time, they also frequently support one another in areas where they have differing expertise. Finally students must be highly motivated, take responsibility for moving their own work forward and meeting deadlines, and seek help and advice as needed. A basic familiarity with mammalian cell culture and molecular biology is very beneficial, however exceptional applicants from other fields will be considered.